Scott, a troubled Coast Guardsman assigned to a fog-bound station on a remote stretch of beach, suffers from Post Traumatic Stress when he survives a mine explosion that sinks his ship. Although he is engaged to a beautiful young woman who loves him, he becomes involved with an enigmatic femme fatale whom he meets near the beached wreckage of a torpedoed ship. She is married to a renowned painter who was blinded in a traumatic, but mysterious incident, details of which are very hazy. Although they only live in a small cottage, the couple have an ambivalent relationship especially in regards to his priceless cache of unsold paintings, a relationship that evolves into a romantic triangle as Scott falls under her seductive spell.
Go ahead and say it...I'm no good!
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Did You Know?
The original working title "Desirable Woman" was changed to "The Woman on the Beach" in order to cash in on the success of the similarly titled The Woman in the Window
(1944), which also starred Joan Bennett
. See more
Peggy says her husband's "optic nerve was cut," which is why he's blind. But, although she refers to the optic nerve in the singular, people have two optic nerves - one for each eye. See more
You even looked at me as if I were a ghost.
Well, what are you, anyway?
During the opening credits, the waves wash away one set of names before the next set is displayed. See more
Referenced in Nocturne